Now, in my own defense, I had some time to use the first one which goes a long ways toward knowing what to do with the next. I knew right from the beginning that I wanted all three of them to be different, but exactly how to make three very similar things "different" wasn't immediately obvious. As for drawing inspiration from what is already out there in the world of Parangs, I had seen some with very nontraditional handles on them and that interested me. On the other hand, I wanted one to look pretty typical of your average Malaysian Parang and the third to be my own brain child. And one day recently I was ready to proceed.
|The track for the wrap and pin.|
One last step, and this one wasn't much different from the process for the Parangs themselves, make sheaths. I knew what needed to be done, I just wasn't sure how. It's carrying these large knives that I see as the issue. Yeah, I could lash it to my leg and use some kind of articulated dangler and that would probably work, but I have never liked having things banging around my legs, or strapped to them. In fact, I find cargo pockets annoying because if you put anything in them, it's banging around your knees. I don't like anything that restricts movement really and I've always tended to carry the absolute minimum gear while in the woods and especially while working or wading through thick brush.
|Other sheaths for my Ka-Bar Mk1 and Aranyik E-nep|
|Here you can see my simple hangers for the sling. I put a slight bend in them so the H&K hook wouldn't interfere with drawing the blade.|
|Simple bungee system to pull the strap out of the way.|
|Burning in the tangs for a perfect fit.|
|Lots of smoke!|
|A couple shots of the handle making process.|
|I start by splitting and roughing out a chunk of oak. I used my CS Pipe Hawk for this one.|